New PDF release: Attaining the Way: A Guide to the Practice of Chan Buddhism

By Sheng Yen

ISBN-10: 0834825953

ISBN-13: 9780834825956

This can be an inspiring consultant to the perform of Chan (Chinese Zen) within the phrases of 4 nice masters of that culture. It comprises teachings from modern masters Xuyun and Sheng Yen, and from Jiexian and Boshan of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). notwithstanding the texts have been written over a interval of enormous quantities of years, they're all remarkably lucid and are ideal for newcomers in addition to extra complex practitioners at the present time. the entire details of religious perform are coated: philosophical foundations, equipment, ways to difficulties and obstacles—all geared toward supporting the scholar reach how you can enlightenment.

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I say, Oh monks, eye is on fire. Visual objects are on fire. Eye-consciousness is on fire. Eye-contact is on fire. This feeling which is caused by the eye-contact and is pleasant, painful or neither painful nor pleasant is also on fire. With what is it on fire? It is on fire with the fires of passion, hatred and delusion. e. the five sense faculties and the mind; their objects, such as visual objects; six consciousnesses; six contacts and the feelings arising from these contacts. 40 What is the fuel of the triple fire in this context?

What are the two? They are nirvana with a remainder of clinging and nirvana without a remainder of clinging. How is it called nirvana with a remainder of clinging? A monk, by destroying the five lower fetters, that is to say, one who has attained nirvana in the intermediate state (antarAparinirvAyin),148 does not return to that world [of desire]. That is why it is called nirvana with a remainder of clinging. How is it called nirvana without a remainder of clinging? A monk, by destroying impurity and accomplishing purity, witnesses himself [in this very life] the liberation through mind (cetovimukti), the liberation through wisdom ( prajñAvimukti) and himself delighted.

45 He is treated by a surgeon who opens the wound with the knife and drains the poison off from his wound. Although it looks as if there is no poison remaining, there is a possibility that some is left. Thus, the surgeon instructs him to take care of the wound by eating only beneficial foods, taking a regular bath, and not exposing the wound to the wind. If he follows this instruction he will be cured and if not he will die. The word upAdisesa is used here to describe whether any poison is still remaining in him or not: ‘He might extract the arrow, he might drain off the poison leaving some behind but thinking none remained .

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